New NEHS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The National English Honor Society advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion within its programs, policies and practices, and student and faculty membership. To that end, we are launching our new diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. This DEI statement will inform every decision NEHS makes, from the smallest choices to the largest strategic plan. It will also support our mission to provide unique opportunities for secondary school students around the world to foster literacy and serve society, and to recognize outstanding and diverse achievements in the English Language Arts.

Everyone is welcome here.

The National English Honor Society believes that the free expression of diverse experiences can powerfully, and positively, transform our world. By engaging with inclusive literature and elevating the voices of marginalized writers through our annual Common Readers, guest speakers, and creative writing opportunities, we support diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging practices in our classrooms and our communities.

The National English Honor Society encourages student members and Chapter Advisors to challenge social constructs around age, citizenship status, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, geography, national origin, physical traits, race, religion, sexual orientation, skin color, and socioeconomic status by ensuring that the literature we read and the projects we support reflect the diversity of our global community.

We acknowledge our advances while recognizing the need to engage in further work to expand our efforts to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging among our student members, Chapter Advisors, Advisory Council, and Central Office staff, ensuring that all NEHS members are supported, empowered, celebrated, and able to embrace their authentic selves in all aspects of NEHS Chapter life.

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